Definitions of chronic

  1. having a habit of long standing; "a chronic smoker" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering; "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. Continuing for a long time; returning again and again; said of a disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Lasting a long time; enduring. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Relating to time; of long continuance. A chronic disease, one which is inveterate, or of long continuance, in distinction from an acute. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for chronic

  1. There had been so many of these reports of rebellion that folk were beginning to regard them as a chronic state of affairs. – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  2. But in most of the recent Cases I saw, it was extremely necessary, and contributed greatly to the Relief as well as the Cure of the Patient; indeed where the Disorder had already continued some time, and the Fever was gone off before the Patient was sent to us; and the Disorder had become in a manner chronic and the Patient low, then bleeding was unnecessary, and would have probably done Hurt. – An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany by Donald Monro